Missouri Policy

The Missouri Soybean Association’s advocacy approach is two-fold: to protect Missouri soybean growers’ interests in Jefferson City and in Washington D.C.

State Policy Priorities

  • Biodiesel – sustain and grow the 2,500 jobs brought to Missouri through our biodiesel industry by prioritizing locally-made biodiesel for use across Missouri
  • Livestock – growing livestock production and opportunities for livestock producers, as livestock are the number one user of soybean meal in Missouri
  • Transportation Infrastructure – the ability to get grain to market separated U.S. farmers from their competitors for generations. Increasing dedicated funding for our roadways and ports is important for keeping Missouri’s competitive advantage
  • Soil Health and Resource Management – increase adoption of voluntary practices that improve soil health and wise use of natural resources on the farm and raise awareness of the cutting-edge stewardship practices implemented by Missouri producers
  • Farmer Profitability and Freedom to Operate – protect farmers economic sustainability and opportunity to make the best operating decisions for their farms

Federal Policy Priorities

  • Biodiesel -support biodiesel demand and domestic production highlighted through the Renewable Fuel Standard
  • Transportation Infrastructure – support a sufficient funding measure that supports modernizing the river, road and rail infrastructure system
  • Soil Health and Resource Management – increase adoption of practices that improve soil health and wise use of natural resources on the farm
  • Farmer Profitability and Freedom to Operate – protect farmers economic sustainability and opportunity to make the best operating decisions for their farms
  • Market Access – trade and the ability to remain competitive in the global marketplace for soy

The Missouri Soybean Association works closely with the American Soybean Association on federal issues. The American Soybean Association’s policy priorities are accessible online by clicking here.

Outreach & Policy Education

Protecting soybean farmers’ interest takes many forms beyond policy development, including regulatory outreach and policymaker education. MSA engages in the regulatory process frequently through comment letters on pending regulations. See recent policy comment letters by clicking on the topics below.

Renewable Fuel Standard – Biomass-Based Diesel Volume for 2021
Bifenthrin
NRCS Programs
Water Quality Standards

The Association depends on the support of Missouri soybean growers and allied industry to connect with elected officials and their advisors in the capitol buildings, and anywhere Missouri soybean growers’ freedom to operate is being threatened.

Support Missouri Soybean Policy Work

The Missouri Soybean Association has both state and federal Political Action Committees (PACs) that can use your contributions today to help elect soybean supporters to office.

Donate to MSA Policy Efforts Here

“Relationships are at the heart of so much of what we do, and we take our role as the voice for Missouri soybean farmers on regulatory and policy issues very seriously. SOYPAC helps us help candidates who know, and work directly to address, the issues facing soybean farmers.”
            –Ronnie Russell, Missouri Soybean Association President

To learn more or get involved, see your local Association board member or contact Casey Wasser at cwasser@mosoy.org or (573) 635-3819.

Online Resources

In addition to updates from the Missouri Soybean Association, there are several other online resources to look up your legislator, follow pending legislation, and to stay on top of the administrative rule-making process at the federal and state levels.

At the federal level, the websites usa.gov, house.gov and senate.gov are good resources, as is the USDA website – usda.gov.

For state legislative updates, the House and Senate websites hold a wealth of information. Both House.mo.gov and Senate.mo.gov provide tracking information for bills, and resources for identifying and contacting your elected officials. The State’s general website, Mo.gov, is also a frequently updated resource.